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Deep in the heart of Jakarta's slums lies an impenetrable safe house for the world's most dangerous killers and gangsters. Until now, the run-down apartment block has been considered untouchable to even the bravest of police. Cloaked under the cover of pre-dawn darkness and silence, an elite swat team is tasked with raiding the safe house in order to take down the notorious drug lord that runs it. But when a chance encounter with a spotter blows their cover and news of their assault reaches the drug lord, the building's lights are cut and all the exits blocked. Stranded on the sixth floor with no way out, the unit must fight their way through the city's worst to survive their mission. Starring Indonesian martial arts sensation Iko Uwais.
An elite squad of cops raid a ruthless-as-fuck drug lord's dungeon of death. A hyper-intense workout. Kissing your wife goodbye and hoping like fuck you will see her again. Headshot. Headshot. Headshot. Headshot. Catching a lucky break for a split-second. Hammer to the fuckin head. A bad lieutenant. A noble-as-fuck sergeant. A badass rookie with a secret agenda. Your last TV show. Shit-stained pants. The alarm of doom. The one honest guy in a building full of crazed fuckers. Hallway insanity. Mad fuckin Dog, the biggest fuckin Academy Award snub ever. Throwing a fucker out the window. A crazy-eyed fuck with a machete. Total darkness, then bullets every fuckin where. Guns take away the rush. Mad Dog vs.Sarge is like…
If Crocodile Dundee wielded action movies instead of knives, this is the movie he would hold up whenever some punk claimed to be wielding an action movie.
"That's not an action movie. THIS...is an action movie."
My face hurts from smiling for the last 100 minutes.
One of the most incredible, exhilarating & heart-pounding action films to come out in a long time, The Raid (also known as The Raid: Redemption) is possibly the purest form of action extravaganza that has graced the film canvas in years which, apart from bringing a smile on every action film lover with its maddening depiction of blood, violence & insane fight sequences, also marks a significant breakthrough for the so-far-invisible Indonesian film industry to come into the attention of world cinema audience.
Although by no means it is a perfect film, but when it comes to pure adrenaline rush, thrilling factor & entertainment value, action films don't get anymore exciting, inventive or satisfying than this high-octane, full-throttled & top-gear action spectacle. The plot…
Its stupefying, pulpy excess is best summed up by the fact that the credits include the role "Drug Lab Guard #21."
After months of reading glowing reviews, and two failed attempts to see it at the cinema, I finally got to watch it on the big screen and boy was it worth the wait. I was worried I had unrealistic expectations but the film more than met them. The movie is part Game of Death and part final level of computer game Streets of Rage 2 but with added guns, machetes and broken limbs.
Merantau Warrior proved that both director Gareth Evans and martial arts star, Iko Uwais, had great potential and we only had to wait one more film for that potential to be realised. The Raid is a proper balls-to-the-wall action film jam packed with bone crunching and innovative…
this movie got me pregnant, hope gareth evans pays alimony :)
If you like martial arts and excessive gore and don't really care about dialogue or plot, this is the movie for you. But honestly with a movie that looks this good and is overflowing with action sequences, you don't need a strong plot or dialogue to make the movie work. I watched the English-dubbed version because that's what I had access to, but without even seeing the native-Indonesian subbed version, I'd say watch that if you can because the dubbing is...well it's rough to say the least.
I cannot recommend this movie enough. For what it set out to be, it was basically perfect. There is one scene where the fighting looks *too* choreographed (basically dancing), but other than that the movie has the same tone and veracity all the way through.
When you're done watch The Raid 2, which basically starts off right where this movie ends.
Mejor que mear cuando tienes muchas ganas.
An action movie with a fairly minimalist yet effective plot, which turns out to make for a very cohesive and tense film. The fights themselves are well choreographed (and shot and edited in a way that you can actually tell what's going on).
This is such a fun fun movie. The "boss" fight between Iko Uwais and the super awesome Yayan Ruhian is worth the price of admission alone.
The fight scenes are beautifully choreographed wow wow wow
Literally the perfect action movie.
"Pulling a trigger is like ordering takeout."
Remember back in my review of Dredd where I said I watched The Raid once, liked it just fine, but didn't think that much of it?
Yeah, I may have been misremembering some things.
Much like Die Hard (the de facto king of "trapped-in-a-building" action movies), The Raid is practically a masterclass in how to build tension. From the beginning, the odds are stacked against Rama and his team, and as their situation continues to get worse, the film only becomes more exhilarating. It also presents some really cool characters: Rama is a solid protagonist, his fellow squad members are all pretty likeable (Jaka being my favourite), and the villains are all absolutely…
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